Winter Storm Brings Snow and Cold, But Warming Up:
Then on March 5th some northern Minnesota communities reported new record lows, including -37F at Brimson, -40F at Cotton, -31F at Floodwood and Cook, -30F at Hibbing, -29F at Crane Lake, and -28F at Brainerd. The -40F reading at Cotton (St Louis County) was the coldest temperature in the nature on March 5th.
February Climate Summary:
February was drier than normal for most observers in the state, with total precipitation values commonly less than half an inch. Some areas of the state reported over a foot of snowfall including 13.9 inches at Grand Meadow, 14.0 inches at Faribault, 15.9 inches at International Falls, and 16 inches at Isabella.
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Twin Cities Almanac for March 6th:
MSP Local Records for March 6th:
MSP weather records for this date include: highest daily maximum temperature of 69 degrees F in 2000; lowest daily maximum temperature of 6 degrees F in 1899, 1920, and 1932; lowest daily minimum temperature is -16 degrees F in 1890; highest daily minimum temperature of 44 F in 1983; record precipitation of 0.97 inches 1983; and record snowfall is 7.0 inches in 1900.
Average dew point for March 6th is 15 degrees F, with a maximum of 54 degrees F in 1983 and a minimum of -18 degrees F in 1955.
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Past Weather Features:
March 5-7, 1955 brought a Cold Wave to the state as temperatures fell from the mid 30s F to subzero readings following a snow storm on the 5th. On the morning of March 6th temperatures ranged from -25F to -35F in the north to -10F in the south (Farmington and Waseca). At Thief River Falls the daytime high only reached -7F.
A major winter storm brought freezing rain, ice, snow, and a blizzard to the state over March 2-6, 1966. Many observers in northern counties reported over 20 inches of snowfall, while Itasca State Park and Park Rapids received over 30 inches. In the Duluth area trees and power lines were coated to 2-3 inches of ice causing breakage and widespread power outages. Some roads were closed for days with the state patrol making trips on snowmobiles to bring stranded motorists to shelter.
March 5-9, 2000 brought a very early start to spring across the state, with widespread sunshine and record-setting high temperatures. Nearly every region of the state saw temperatures climb into the 70s F while some overnight lows remained in the 50s F, more than 30F warmer than normal. The warm spell ended abruptly on March 10th with a snow storm and temperatures dropping off into the teens.